In January 2021, Disney will unveil an innovative new offering as part of the My Disney Experience app that will bring features of a MagicBand to your smart phone devices. With this new offering, complimentary MagicBands will no longer be offered to Disney Resort guests for new reservations with arrivals beginning January 1, 2021.
If you would like to use a MagicBand on your vacation and you are a Disney Resort hotel guest, you will have the option to purchase them at a discount. Guests preferring not to purchase a discounted MagicBand will be able to use the My Disney Experience app or a Key to the World card during their visit starting in January.
MagicBands will still be offered for sale at many Disney retail locations and on shopDisney.com, and guests will be able to continue using them throughout Walt Disney World Resort. MagicBands retail for $24.99 – $29.99 each.
Different MagicBands play different sounds: MagicBand sounds
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Two Disney Sisters
I was so lucky to get the LAVA MagicBand last year.
I think it’s my favorite one!!! 🙂
Inspired by the Pixar short “LAVA” , one side of this adorable MagicBand features Uku, the lonely volcano and “I Lava You” text.
The other side features Lele, Uku’s love interest, with “Happy Valentine’s Day 2019”.
You can use your MagicBand to enter your Disney resort hotel room, the theme parks, redeem FastPass+ reservations, purchase souvenirs, and much more.
We “lava” this MagicBand!!! ❤
Beta Testing a New Disney MagicBand Feature
Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away (November 2013), we got a chance to Beta test a new feature they were adding to the MagicBand. This is our behind-the-scene story:
Disney has been adding more and more features to the MagicBands since their roll-out earlier this year in 2013. They are currently beta testing a feature where if you are wearing the MagicBand on rides that take your photo, like Splash Mountain, the band will link your photo to your account as you pass by a RIF sensor in the wall while on the ride. It makes viewing and buying ride photos much easier.
Caroline and I thought this would be interesting and signed up to participate. And, we each earned a free guest park pass!
After the Magic Kingdom closed, we got to ride both the Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain rides three times each. What was really fun was that the lights were on inside both rides. The Haunted Mansion looks nothing like it does in the dark during a normal ride…so boring and ordinary! (What looks like grass in the dark is plain, pale straw with the lights on!)
Another example, there is a huge plexiglass partition in the dining room scene to keep guests from throwing stuff down into the mansion’s dining room and help with the ghost’s projections. It’s angled so you don’t see it during a normal ride with the lights off in the gallery. But, with the lights on, it’s right there.
Another place that guests throw things is at the end of the HM ride when a “ghost” hitches a ride in your Doom Buggy. I guess a lot of people throw stuff (mainly Magic Kingdom brochures!) at the ghostly image. There’s about a four-foot space between the Doom Buggies and the projection wall, and the brochures have to be swept out several times a day on busy days.
We had a great time and didn’t get home until almost 1am!